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  • All fields: Narrative
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    • Tanzi

    • men (male humans); women; children (people by age group); hunting; kimonos
    • These 2 pictures seem to be only tangentially related. At top Tanzi is dressed in deer hide so he could sneak into a herd of deer to get milk for his ailing parents. However, when a hunter was about to shoot the deer, Tanzi revealed his identity,...
    • Shun

    • men (male humans); women; mountains; trees; kimonos
    • The upper panel shows the Chinese boy Shun with a hoe and the main image has a Japanese woman with a hoe. According to the Guo Jujing story, Shun was so diligent in plowing his parents' field, even though they were cruel to him, that elephants came...
    • Sewing

    • women; kimonos; hairstyles; hair ornaments; cabinets (case furniture); rulers (guiding tools); cloth
    • In an abstract space, a woman sits with her kitten next to a sewing box. She holds a ruler and has a bolt of cloth on her lap. This scene seems timeless and quite tranquil, although her attention is attracted to someone or something outside the...
    • Fan tossing game

    • women; kimonos; fans (costume accessories); bells (aerophone components)
    • Within the series of more than 20 triptychs, at least 2 have close-up scenes, in which the figures dominate the composition. When viewing these images mounted in a handscroll format, the sudden appearance of these large forms in quite jarring...
    • Min Ziqian (Bin Shiken) favors her two sons

    • families; women; children (people by age group); Single Built Works; dwellings; kimonos; hats; suits
    • Print no. 4 of the "24 Paragons" shows at top the story of Min Ziqian (J: Binshiken) whose stepmother preferred his stepbrothers. When his father found out, the wife was ordered out of the house, but young Min begged his father to allow her to...
    • Tale of the bamboo cutter

    • legends (folk tales); women; kimonos; mountains
    • The oldest known Japanese narrative, this sad fairy tale dates back to the 9th or 10th century. In this tale Kaguya-hime was found inside a bamboo stalk by a bamboo cutter, who took her home and raised her as his daughter. As she grew up the fame...
    • Ota Dokan deciding to study poetry

    • Narrative; men (male humans); dresses (garments); kimonos; fans (costume accessories); flowers (plants); hats
    • Ota Dokan approached an inn on a rainy day to request the loan of a rain coat. Instead, the maid brought him a Yamabuki flower on a tray. Her meaning was expressed by the poem "Although having many petals the Yamabuki, to our regret, has no seed."...
    • The Demon of Rashomon retrieves her arm

    • Narrative; men (male humans); women; dresses (garments); kimonos; fans (costume accessories); hats; swords; lamps (lighting devices); strongboxes
    • Watanabe no Tsuna, a Heian retainer of Minamoto no Yorimitsu, accepted a dare to keep vigil at the Rasho Gate, reputed to be haunted by demons. He took up a post at the gate, and in the darkness, he was attacked by the demon--an oni. Drawing his...
    • The priest Dainiin murders Umegae

    • Narrative; trees; flower (plant material); kimonos; religious symbolism; knives; cuckoos and allies
    • In the moment before Umegae's death, a cuckoo catches Dainin's attention and perhaps causes him to reflect upon the transience of life. The budding plum tree and the plum flower pattern in Umegae's kimono refer to her name and possible rebirth...

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